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  Champers on Ice runs in the Pertemps Race

Cheltenham day 3 of course takes centre stage today but we have supporting cards at Market Rasen, Hexham and a flat card at Southwell.  David has two runners at Cheltenham, Champers on Ice and Eamon An Cnoic and both are ridden by Tom Scu.  Champers on Ice runs in the 2.10pm Pertemps handicap hurdle over three miles.  He has won four times in his career which includes a hurdle race at Cheltenham on heavy ground.  He was also third in the Albert Bartlett three years ago.  He made a nice comeback at Haydock last month on ground that was lively enough and with 10st13lb on his back we hope he has a good each way chance.  Eamon An Cnoic has 10st 7lb on his back in the 4.10pm Brown Advisory handicap chase over 2m5f.  He won last time out at Chepstow and ran well over course and distance at the November meeting.  He will also like the going and if he can reproduce his run of last time then we hope he also has a good each way chance.  At the moment it is pouring with rain here at Pond House so I think we might get a bit wet!

The punters got their own back on the bookies at Cheltenham yesterday as the good things won.  The stars of the show were of course Altior and Tiger Roll who were both amazing.  Altior was made to work a bit harder than normal but still should his guts and class to win a shade cosily in the end.  Tiger Roll bolted up at 5/4 in the cross country chase for back to back victories.  This little four time Festival winner is pretty remarkable and I think he will take all the beating in the Grand National next month.

Band of Outlaws won the Boodles Fred Winter for favourite backers and gave Joseph O'Brien his first Festival winner.  Envoi Allen was 2/1 favourite of the Champion Bumper and he duly obliged under Jamie Codd after a great battle up the hill with Blue Sari.  I also managed to find a winner as I tipped Topofthegame in the RSA and I backed him at 6/1 to come out level on the day which I think is like winning at the Festival!

I see that Andy Murray was at Cheltenham yesterday.  He was in the weighing room having a behind the scenes look.  All I can say is I bet he is glad he is a tennis player not a jockey!

We had a terrible drive home from the races last night as we were stuck on the M5 for over 2 hours.  A hay lorry had caught fire near Weston Super Mare and traffic was stopped.  Myself, Martin & Carol were playing eye spy!  I hope you followed me anyway and backed Liverpool as they played great and won.  Chelsea are away to Dynamo Kiev tonight and they are 6/5.

Doctor doctor my legs hurts, what can I do? Limp!!  Have a good day.